The latest edition of ESPN's "Ultimate Team Rankings" is out, and the Oklahoma City Thunder is high atop the list.
The Thunder are No. 7 overall out of 122 teams, according to the annual ranking. The Thunder are the No. 3 NBA team on the list behind Western Conference foes San Antonio and Memphis.
The Spurs are the No. 1 team in "Ultimate Team Rankings," which rates MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL teams in categories such as affordability, coaching, fan relations, ownership, players, stadium experience, bang for the buck and title track. The Thunder's highest rank came in the "players" category (10th), while the Spurs ranked first in fan relations, ownership, players and coaching.
Here is a look at our picks for OU at West Virginia:
RYAN ABER, OU writer
OU 35, West Virginia 27
BROUGHT THE WOOD
Sooners keep Trickett scrambling, escape WV
JENNI CARLSON, Columnist
OU 31, West Virginia 13
After calling WVU fans obnoxious, Ndulue and OU defense are the ones who aren’t very nice in beatdown of Mountaineers
JASON KERSEY, OU writer
PERINE AND DANDY
OU 41, West Virginia 31
This turns out to be nothing like the classic Tavon Austin clash two years ago, but still a competitive, entertaining game. OU freshman Samaje Perine rushes for 100 yards and two scores.
COMMENTARY — Dana Holgorsen downplays it. Mike Stoops admits it. Saturday’s matchup between Oklahoma’s defensive guru (Stoops) and West Virginia’s offensive whiz (Holgorsen) is the dominant storyline of the game. Holgorsen, though, says he doesn’t buy into the hype. Stoops on the other hand? ‘It makes me sleep a lot less. It gives me headaches.’
OU vs. West Virginia — Senior cornerback Julian Wilson has played several different roles on the Oklahoma football team since arriving from Southmoore five years ago. He’s been excellent through three games as a starting cornerback this season, but will get his biggest test by far Saturday against the Mountaineers.
OSU FOOTBALL — James Castleman and the Oklahoma State Cowboys will line up against Texas Tech on Thursday in Stillwater. There was a time, though, that Castleman was set to line up on the Red Raiders’ side of the ball.
The Wildcats could have won. Should have won, considering they reached at least the Auburn 25-yard line on six possessions and came away with just two scores.
Despite his 6-foot-4 frame, Marcell Ateman chose to pursue football, and after grabbing 22 receptions for 276 as a true freshman last season, it appears he made a wise decision.
Bryson Lee led three touchdown drives in the final three minutes — a span that saw the teams score a combined 33 points — as the No. 4-ranked Jaguars defeated the No. 3-ranked Timberwolves 48-41 on Friday night at Moore Stadium.
Edmond Santa Fe held on for a 34-28 victory. The Wolves rang up 410 yards on 72 rushes Friday.